A Japanese inspired home designed around family

Location & Brief

Northcote, Victoria

4 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms 1 Living

Scope of Works

Architectural design

Interior Design



7.5 Star NatHERS Rating

Kazoku celebrates family, nature, and low-impact living with a layout that wraps around a central courtyard, providing constant outdoor access despite facing a busy street. The U-shaped floor plan is based on passive solar design principles, optimising sun exposure and cross-ventilation. The home is inspired by Japanese architecture, with high-pitched roofs to enhance the sense of space, while the Noki-style eaves protect the interior from summer heat gain while allowing winter sunlight access. The high-pitched roofs are also designed for flexibility, with a habitable roof space that has the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the family to accommodate multi-generational living. A monochrome palette provides beauty through simplicity, while high quality finishes ensure longevity and durability.

see this home’s impact



impact over its lifetime

Measured by auditing tool, eTool


balloons of co2 gas removed from the atmosphere


Trees planted


the amount of zero energy Australian homes for a year


number of cars taken off the road

As a renovation project to an existing heritage home, it can sometimes be challenging to reach our carbon reduction targets. The existing house had a low energy rating due to lack of insulation and high performance glazing, while also being powered by a gas hot water system and heated by a gas-powered hydronic system.

Contact Us

+61 3 9068 3030, info@thesociableweaver.com.au or leave your details below.

Located at 11 Princes street, St Kilda, 3182, Victoria

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